The reason I am voting against this bill, is because most states already have cruelty to animals statues to punish such offenses. In some cases, the violation is a felony. I think time would be better spent making it a federal crime to leave a child in a vehicle when it is likely to cause harm to the child. This should be a felony offense, with the death of a child punishable without regard to whether or not the death results from neglect or an intentional act. The fitting punishment should be at least twenty years imprisonment for neglect, and an automatic life sentence if the death is intentional.